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FIRST NCOM MEETING

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First NCOM Meeting of 2009 in Accra

ACCRA, Ghana—(TWN-Af)-27 February, 2009—The first meeting of the National Coalition on Mining (NCOM) of the year took place in Accra, with members demanding an immediate withdrawal of the environmental permit granted by the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Newmont for mining in the Ajenjua Bepo Forest Reserve in the Eastern region, and Adamus Resources, in the Elembele district of Western region of Ghana.

With twenty two members in attendance, the purpose of the meeting was to offer specific response to the EPA’s permitting process especially in relation to the Newmont and Adamus Resources projects, and also to adopt strategies for the campaigns to stop violence in mining including stop mining in forest reserves.

Among others, the meeting agreed to launch a day of action to draw attention to fundamental flaws of the environmental impact assessment procedure as it relates to the specific case of Newmont and Adamus resources. In addition to the national day of action, to meet with relevant sector ministers, lobby specialised agencies and eminent personalities in an effort to stop mining in forest reserves and violence The meeting also agreed to hold its annual national campaign forum to coincide with World Environment The Coalition resolved to work with the media and international partners to achieve the objectives of the national campaigns.


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